Reece Horn-Haynes ⚽⚽, Dan Alldis ⚽, Andreas Bryant
Saturday 29 September 2018
Oakfield Playing Fields, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HD
SAL Junior Division 1 North
The Mighty 3s marched on to their away fixture at Parkonians with 3 wins from 3 in the league, the only team to achieve the feat and a win against a decent side such as Parks would surely prove our credentials to ourselves and the league as people would surely be looking at us as possible contenders to win it.
We don't want to get ahead of ourselves and we prepared well as we’ve done before lining up very much the same. The pitch was dryer than a night in watching reruns of Taggart. We’d have to be mindful of injuries. The other team looked well prepared and we got underway we stuck to playing football, playing out from the back getting the ball wide when necessary. It was boiling hot out there and the expansive pitch was taking it out of us early doors. We were wide open at points which was a cause for concern.
We had the better of the chances early on and we tried to squeeze them from the front. We had some opportunities and a couple of pot shots but nothing concrete. Parks applied our own press to us but we have the Albanian version of Manuel Neuer in the sticks he pinged the ball miles the defenders read it all wrong and the ginger ninja Reece Horn-Haynes was on hand to nip in behind and delightfully chip it over the keeper. The game then descended into what can only be described as a night out in Watford. We had corners, goalkick given; clear free kicks to us, no fouls. Some of us kept our heads others weren’t so sensible.
We picked up a booking but continued to play and Drew Dawson opted for one of his quarter back passes to Fraggle Coghlan who was doing the hard graft between the lines to feed Bryant who buried it. The opposition got themselves back into it moments later some backs against the wall defending meant the ball ricocheted and fell kindly to their striker who hit it low, Igli Gyata thought he was in a Nike Joga Bonita video and currently in possession of Bernand's watch was suddenly brought crashing back to reality when the ball that was at his feet that he had just saved with instead of his hands got away from him leaving the striker to follow it up to make it 2-1.
Just before half time we kept attacking and got our reward. We had been careless with finishing and our decision making was all wrong but Ryan Lyttle bombed down the right hand side beating a couple of defenders he squared it and it was buried by Dan Alldis giving us some vital breathing space.
The second half got pretty gritty and there was lots of niggling and arguing which was stopping the game's natural flow. We then got a chance, the ball came into Rob's feet who had been holding it up lovely all afternoon. He laid it off about 30 yards and it was all instinct as Reece picked up the ball 30 yards out he poked it ahead of him and buried it with aplomb in the top corner. 4-1.
Their striker controlled the ball with his hand (think Henry vs Ireland) and laid it yer man who stuck it away from about 20 yards. Our protests fell on deaf ears. Then the other end it was our turn in this tit for tat affair. Player 8172 then decided to use his hand to control the ball. It wasn’t so much 6 of one half a dozen of the other- it was pretty blatant. Being on a booking the ref had no option but to send him off. We were now down to 9 men. For those who play FIFA it was time to hit the left arrow on the D-pad 5 times this puts you in Park-the-bus mode. This leaves you short of attacking options but means you’ll have a chance if you use your brains to defend. We managed to hold on and the boys at the back mopped up and we held on for another 3 points.